A bon voyage letter is a letter written to say goodbye to somebody who is departing on a trip of sizable duration. Bon voyage letters are informal letters that wish the person all the best, wish him a safe journey and are a lot like ‘take-care’ letters.
A bon voyage letter can also contain some other casual news or can inform the receiver of what will be happening in his/her absence. The bon voyage letter can be a sentimental letter if written by a person who knows the receiver extremely well. However, most bon voyage letters are written by acquaintances to acquaintances and are therefore casual, slightly formal and practical in their tone.
Bid Bon Voyage Writing Tips:
- Always start with a cheerful tone, as the person who is leaving should feel good about the trip he’s going to take.
- Never be too sentimental. Tell the person that you’ll miss him/her, but never be too emotional in your tone.
- The practicality can be manifested as a safety concern. Mention possible dangers that might exist on the trip the person’s going to make. Tell the person to take care and to be cautious while he’s travelling. Mention his previous health concerns [if any] and urge him to eat and travel safely.
- A bon voyage letter must also end on a cheery note. One can’t end on a sad note, as that again might make the receiver feel morose or have second thoughts about departing on the trip.
Bid Bon Voyage Template:
Date: _____ (Date on Which Letter is Written)
Dear___(name of receiver),
It’s only ____(days left) more days, and then you’ll leave for ____ (destination). You’ll only be gone for ____(days of stay), but we will all miss you. Do take care of your health. Mind your safety.
See you soon.
__________(name of sender)
Bid Bon Voyage Sample letter:
3698/1, Main Road,
Date: 9 March 2017.
D-400, New Subzi Mandi,
It’s only a day more and then you will be leaving for Goa—for a month! Sad as I am to see you leave the city, I must also say that I’m quite concerned about your health. Please take care of yourself there, Dad. Don’t be too hasty with your meals and medicines. We aren’t going to be around to remind you to have your meals or your meds. You must remind yourself. And please don’t forget to carry the first-aid box Mom so laboriously prepared for you!
Goa can be a very tiring and exhausting place to live in—so you must be careful with your schedules. Don’t cram too many inspections and meetings. If you come down with a fever or something, nobody’s going to be around to care for you. So please, please take care.
Mom and I will see you at the airport soon. Mom has told you to not forget the keys. Remember that! Take care, Dad, we’ll miss you.
Love and regards,
Bid Bon voyage Email Format:
The following is the email format to be followed for a Bid Bon Voyage Letter.
Subject: Bon Voyage
Dear ____(name of receiver),
I am extremely pleased to hear that you have planned a trip to___(destination) with your family. I would love to wish you and your family a very pleasant journey. You must be startled to know that I have already visited the tranquil beauty. The scenic beauty, lush greenery, calm beaches, houseboats, coconut trees, culture, food festival, etc. all is too amazing.
As you are all not associated with any tours & travels, you may get a chance to stay at few places for more days especially ___(mention place in context). I would like to brief you up with few places where we visited so you may have an idea in which all places you need to invest your time. As you are visiting in the month of ___(month of visit), it’s one of the best times when you should visit ___(destination).
We started from ____(mention place in context) there and travelled in a houseboat. Then we moved on to ____(mention place in context) where we travelled to a lake which is full of leaves, and the boat cuts through the path. Our next visit was to _____(mention place in context). It’s the most serene place and one of the best places to visit for vacation. Here visited the ___(mention place in context), local market, beaches, etc.
Maybe you should also hire a guide to help you further with all the places. Don’t miss on the specialty of the ___(destination); ____(mention food culture in context). From the bottom of my heart, I wish you a very happy journey.
____(name of sender).